By Debbie Burke
Which instrument does 17-year old Katie Rubino NOT play? Already a well-rounded practitioner, the vocalist from Stroudsburg takes lessons in violin, viola, clarinet, guitar and classical voice. Her plans are to study music composition when she starts college.
Katie knew she wanted to pursue music when at the age of 12 she got a Taylor Swift CD for Christmas. She had already been active in musical theater at Shawnee Playhouse, and when she heard Swift, she decided she wanted to play the guitar and perform. “My first public appearance was Pocono Idol at St. Luke’s Church Festival in the summer of 2011,” recalled Katie. “I sang along to a karaoke track and was blessed enough to win. It was a very fun experience. I couldn’t think of any place I’d rather be.”
Right now, she’s a solo act and will also front a band seeking a lead vocalist. She’s just finished playing a handful of summer music fairs around Pennsylvania and some gigs at the Monroe Farmers Market, Eastburg Community Alliance’s Music on Monday Concert Series at Dansbury Depot, and the ShawneeCraft Brewery. This fall into the winter she will play additional local events.
A few singles made their way to iTunes: “Torn” and “Run.” The music and lyrics she writes are inspired by other people’s experiences. First and foremost, though, she ultimately sees herself as a composer on the classical side.
Until she leaves for college (a music program in Boston is in her sights), Katie’s staying put. “The Poconos will continue to see a lot of me in the upcoming two years. I’m working on new music right now, which I’m excited to share when I’m finished.”
For more information, visit www.katierubino.com.